Waving at our televisions is replacing button pushing with the new motion controllers for games consoles from Microsoft and Sony.

The Kinect, launched in Europe this week, and Sony’s Move are inspired by the Wii, but what do they offer that’s better or different from Nintendo’s big success? – a question I sought to answer in the Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section this week. Read more

Getting to know Google TV involves familiarisation with 80 buttons on Sony’s remote control, compared to just three on the recently launched Apple TV.

The extra 77 buttons, plus function-key combinations, sum up how, in trying to combine a full web experience with regular television, Google and its partners have added a complexity that may intimidate many consumers.

I reviewed Sony and Logitech’s Google TV units in the Personal Technology column in Friday’s FT Business Life section and compared them with rival systems. An extended breakdown of how Google TV shapes up against the competition is after the jump. Read more

Sony is challenging Apple and Google with an internet “cloud-based” music streaming service that will be available on many of its networked consumer electronics products.

The MusicUnlimited service was announced at IFA, a major consumer electronics show in Berlin, barely an hour before Apple’s own music-themed press conference in California.

After the jump, the archive of our live coverage of the event. Read more

All-in-one computers, which combine monitor and PC components in a single unit, are getting added appeal with multi-touch screens.

In this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section, we look at options from Acer, Apple and Sony. Read more

Sony and Spain have their eyes on the prize of world domination in 3D and soccer respectively, with the former treating media to a viewing of the latter’s World Cup semi-final victory on Wednesday on two 60-inch Sony Bravia 3D TVs.

But executives still faced questions about whether competitors were more on the ball, with Sony tackling them later and pricing 3D higher. Read more

Perhaps the most fun to be had playing a video game at the E3 trade show last week was sitting in a motor racing cockpit with 3D glasses and trying the new Gran Turismo  for PlayStation 3.

The photorealism and visual and force-feedback effects were astonishing. And yet my favourite racing game currently – in a crowded field – remains another Sony game -ModNation Racers.  Read more

Microsoft and Sony made major claims for their Kinect and Move motion controllers at the E3 video game trade show this week, but can either hope to emulate the success of Nintendo’s Wii?

This week’s Personal Technology column in the Business Life section of the FT looks at the capabilities of the new entrants. Read more

Two weeks before soccer’s World Cup kicks off a 3D content extravaganza, the TV players have been updating their industry on how they are eyeing the prize of winning consumers over to the new technology.

Sony and Panasonic were in ebullient mood at the Society for Information Display’s conference (SID 2010) here in Seattle on Monday, while analysts from the co-organisers DisplaySearch acted as referees, suggesting they calm it down a bit. Read more

The US video game industry suffered one of its worst sales declines last month, according to April figures released on Thursday by the NPD research firm.

Console sales fell by 37 per cent and software sales by 22 per cent, with the industry suffering an overall 26 per cent fall to $766m in revenues, down from $1.03bn a year earlier. Read more

With the “It Only Does Everything” marketing campaign for the PlayStation 3, Sony seems to be seizing on consumers’ maturing awareness of high-definition television – its features and new affordability – and the advantages of bringing an internet connection to the living room.

Halving the price of the console from its $600 debut has also helped. Peter Dille (pictured), head of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, told the MI6 Conference on Thursday that PS3 sales grew 184 per cent in the three months following the September 1 price cut to $299.

In an interview after his keynote speech, he talked about the PS3′s potential finally being realised by consumers, the forthcoming 3D upgrade and the advantages of the new Move motion controller. Q&A extracts after the jump. Read more

Sony has every right to feel sore that Nintendo and Microsoft have stolen the limelight from it in adding motion-sensing to games.

Sony had the EyeToy  camera for sensing motion and putting players inside games on the PlayStation 2, long before Microsoft’s forthcoming Project Natal . Its six-axis controller has always had more motion capabilities than the three-axis Wii Remote.

But Sony has failed to market its motion technology to maximum effect and its launch of its Move motion controller for the PlayStation 3 on Wednesday represents it arriving late to the current-generation game and with little new to offer. Read more

In the Great Depression, people went to the movies to lighten their mood. In the recession of 2009, they bought a flat-screen TV.

It was a smaller one than they would have liked, but it was cheaper and they could still watch movies, sports and Desperate Housewives in high definition.

This led to sales of 211m TVs globally in 2009, defying all predictions at its outset, according to year-end reports from the DisplaySearch and iSuppli research firms. Read more

Sony has been thrilled with sales of its eReaders over the Christmas period, but could their comparative success be about to be eclipsed by the arrival of an Apple tablet?

We’ll know better later today but, in the meantime, I have been trying out the new Sony Reader Daily Edition for the past three weeks to see if it is as hot as the news it provides. Read more

Wandering the aisles of my local Costco at the weekend, I spotted a Sony networked Blu-ray player on sale at $110, $70 off.

Blu-ray players are much more affordable now, starting around $150, so $110 was quite a bargain and an indication of the way prices are going, according to In-Stat’s latest report. Read more

Jagex, developer and publisher of the popular Runescape  online role-playing game, has taken on the new quest of promoting a game from a third-party developer.

War of Legends  is a free-to-play online multiplayer strategy game developed by a Chinese team of developers based in Shanghai. Read more

copyrightIt is another change of tactics in a war that has been going on for 50 years. This week, consumer electronics companies led by Apple, HP, Sony, Panasonic and Research In Motion, broke off the latest round of talks to reform the Europe’s convoluted system of private copy levies.

The copy levies are surcharges placed on devices such as MP3 players and printers by 22 European countries, to compensate writers, artists, and musicians for small amounts of personal copying of their material. It is not to be confused with illegal filesharing; the copy levies are intended to cover handfuls of copies in the private sphere, which many countries allow. Read more

Sony had a bestseller of a Christmas with its Reader devices  in the US, according to executives here at CES in Las Vegas,  and Qualcomm is expecting to spice up the market with colour displays in 2010.

December sales of the Reader were four times the value of the previous year, eReaders were the biggest growth area for Sony Electronics in the run up to Christmas and had the largest unit volume of all its products, according to Steve Haber, president of its digital reading division. Read more

Sony’s Dash, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show  on Wednesday, typifies the increasing number of hybrid products being made possible on small screens with internet connectivity.

Its mother is the digital photo frame (DPF) and its father could be a bedside alarm clock, but it has an elder brother in the Chumby , which seems to have had a big influence on the Dash. Read more

Just to upstage all the other 3D TV announcements on Wednesday , Sony gave us a demonstration of dual 3D at its CES press conference.

Sir Howard Stringer, Sony chief executive, introduced his record label’s hottest artist Taylor Swift  and we all donned 3D glasses to watch her perform in real-life 3D against a 3D back projection of the broadcast of her and the band performing the song. Read more

This is a guest post by FT Media Editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

It is two years to the CES since Warner Bros came off the fence in the battle over the future of the DVD market, backing Blu-Ray, the format championed by Sony.

The studio’s move, joining Disney, Fox, and Sony’s own Columbia Pictures, effectively killed off the cheaper but lower-capacity HD-DVD format.

As he prepared to board a flight to Las Vegas for this year’s CES, Sony chairman Sir Howard Stringer recalled that he was initially given a rough ride for his stance in the rehash of the VHS-Betamax video format wars.

“Blu-Ray for us was an exhausting process, and didn’t pay off initially, but it’s finally paying off in a different way,” he told the FT. Read more